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Local Entrepreneur To Open Russo’s New York Pizzeria »

December 22, 2014 at 9:10AM PST | Source: Russo's New York Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen
Russo's New York Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen Opportunities Available

Agreement Signed to Bring Fast Casual Italian Concept to Katy
December 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // KATY, Texas – "Mangiamo! Let's eat."
The phrase heard around the world in Italian family kitchens will soon be on the tip of Katy residents' tongues as Russo's New York Pizzeria readies itself to serve authentically Italian meals for lunch and dinner.
Local resident Eduardo Haas has signed a franchise agreement with Russo's Restaurants to open a Russo's New York Pizzeria in Katy. The well-known, Houston-based Italian restaurant that brings to life old world charm and hospitality will open in late 2015. This will be Katy's fourth New York Pizzeria – existing locations are on Echo Lane, Westgreen Road and Cinco Ranch...

JumpBunch Ranks 324 On Franchise 500 List »

December 22, 2014 at 8:27AM PST | Source: JumpBunch

Annapolis, MD - December 21, 2014 - (PR.com) - JumpBunch, Inc. is pleased to announce that it was ranked 324 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s 36th Annual Franchise 500 list.
The process began when franchisors were asked to participate in a survey conducted by Entrepreneur Magazine. All submissions were carefully vetted prior to being included for data input and analysis. Companies were ranked based on objective and quantifiable criteria which included system size, growth, financial strength and stability. Final rankings were based on financial and statistical data collected from July 2012 through July 2014.
http://www.entrepreneur.com/franchises/jumpbunchinc.
Entrepreneur considers this unbiased list as a great starting point for research for those interested in finding a franchise opportunity that best suits specific needs and criteria...

Pinot's Palette To Host New Year – New YOU Brunch Time »

December 22, 2014 at 8:23AM PST | Source: Pinot's Palette

"Tomorrow is the first blank canvas of the new year. Paint it joyfully, wildly, kindly, wisely." – JBK
Little Rock, AR (PRWEB) December 22, 2014 - The New Year is fast approaching, so now is the perfect time to resolve to explore your inner artist...now more easy and accessible than ever. Pinot's Palette Little Rock has planned a unique and entertaining art session where painters can commit their New Year's resolutions to canvas. The studio's New YOU Brunch Time art session will be held Wednesday, December 31st, New Year's Eve, during the daytime from 11:00am to 1:00pm.
"The turkey will be all gone; the tree will or maybe should be down, and in this economy, the after Christmas sales aren't what they used to be," says Lisa, Pinot's Palette Little Rock Studio Manager of Fun...

1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza Franchise Opens In Bridgewater, New Jersey »

December 22, 2014 at 8:20AM PST | Source: 1000 Degrees Pizzeria Neapolitan Pizza

1000 Degrees Neapolitan fast casual pizza franchise opens another New Jersey location, in the Village at Bridgewater Commons.
Bridgewater, New Jersey (PRWEB) December 22, 2014 - 1000 Degrees Pizzeria, a fast casual pizza concept is opening Monday, December 22, 2014 in the Village at Bridgewater Commons. The Village, an out-parcel of the Bridgewater, New Jersey mall, is a filled with high-end shopping options, but has been missing one important thing: dining options. With one of the busiest Chipotle restaurants on the east coast sitting adjacent to the new 1000 Degrees location, finally there is another option for local residents, students, and professionals alike. A fast casual pizzeria, 1000 Degrees offers a neapolitan style pizza, fired in an old world style brick oven...

AlignLife Of Norton Shores Makes A Brighter Christmas For Kids In Muskegon »

December 22, 2014 at 8:13AM PST | Source: AlignLife

Imagine waking up Christmas morning without any presents under the tree. That is a reality for some children in Muskegon, thankfully there are those who are making sure that doesn't happen.
Muskegon, Mi (PRWEB) December 21, 2014 - AlignLife of Norton Shores is spreading Christmas joy to a child in need while at the same time helping people get their health back. Mission for area People is a non-profit community-based organization committed to serving those persons in Muskegon County who are unable to find resources to meet their needs to improve the quality of life. Dr. Michael Rykse wanted to do a Toy Drive that would make an impact in the local community and he knew he found that when he heard what MAP was doing. Each year MAP provides gifts to children ages 1-18...

Sky Zone Trampoline Park Opens In Mount Sinai »

December 22, 2014 at 8:05AM PST | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

New Location Provides Area Residents With High-Flying, Active Fun
December 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // MOUNT SINAI, NY - Sky Zone Trampoline Park has opened its doors in Mount Sinai to offer a thrilling experience for the whole family atop a court of connecting trampolines. Specializing in Active Fun, the creator of the world's first indoor trampoline park has a variety of gravity defying activities that will get people of all ages jumping for joy. Residents can now hop into Sky Zone to check out the wildly popular activity that has the whole country bouncing off the walls.
Sky Zone's all-walled trampoline courts are designed as a fun and fit outing for all ages, shapes and sizes. The innovative trampoline park offers a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy including Open Jump, allowing guests to leap, bound and soar and Ultimate Dodgeball, a friendly and healthy dodgeball competition...

Deal Inked To Bring The Fourth Russo's New York Pizzeria Franchise To UAE »

December 22, 2014 at 8:03AM PST | Source: Russo's New York Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen
Russo's New York Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen Opportunities Available

UAE's Prime Hospitality to Continue Brand's Middle East Franchise Growth
December 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // HOUSTON – The United Arab Emirates just can't get enough.
A well established UAE restaurant developer and operator, Prime Hospitality, has signed a franchise agreement with Russo's Restaurants to open another Russo's New York Pizzeria in the United Arab Emirates, and its second in Abu Dhabi. The well-known, Houston-based Italian restaurant brand and its sister concept, Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen, bring to life old world charm, handcrafted recipes and warm hospitality. This will be Prime Hospitality's fourth Russo's location in the UAE. It is slated to open in February 2015 at Dalma Mall, a premium shopping and entertainment destination center...

Woodcraft Announces Season 22 Of "The American Woodshop" With Co-Hosts Scott And Suzy Phillips »

December 22, 2014 at 7:59AM PST | Source: Woodcraft

Woodcraft is proud to continue as a sponsor of "The American Woodshop" in its 22nd season on PBS that begins Saturday, Dec. 20.
PARKERSBURG, W. VA. (PRWEB) December 19, 2014 - "The American Woodshop" co-hosts Scott and Suzy Phillips will launch the show's 22nd season – "Bringing It Home" – on Saturday, December 20. Check with your local PBS station for airtimes.
Woodcraft Supply, LLC, the Kreg Tool Company, Easy Wood Tools, the Gorilla Glue Company, and O'Keeffe's Working Hands provide funding for "The American Woodshop," which is produced by WBGU-TV in Bowling Green, Ohio, and carried on 350 plus PBS stations.
"Why is 'The American Woodshop' different? It is because we are doing projects for the homeowner that they can do," Scott said...

Steve Downin Returns To His Roots By Opening A Spring-Green Lawn Care Franchise »

December 22, 2014 at 7:52AM PST | Source: Spring-Green Lawn Care

Indiana Owner Leverages Spring-Green Lawn Care's Extensive Franchise Support System
Columbus, Indiana (PRWEB) December 19, 2014 - Steve Downin has been in the lawn care industry since graduating college in the early 1980s. Needing a way to grow his business and ensure continued success, Downin, owner of Right-of-Way-Turf-Ornamental, Inc., looked to Spring-Green Lawn Care for an opportunity to ensure stability in what can be a tumultuous industry. Now, the industry veteran is combining his wealth of experience with Spring-Green's own reputation as the nationwide leader in lawn and tree care services by opening a new Spring-Green Lawn Care franchise in the Columbus, Indiana area.
Downin began his career in lawn care working for his father's lawn maintenance company after college...

RedBrick Pizza® Announces Expansion Plans For Kentucky »

December 22, 2014 at 7:42AM PST | Source: RedBrick Pizza

Founder and leadership team to host Taste & Tour Franchise Event in Louisville, Jan. 15
December 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS - RedBrick Pizza, the fast-casual restaurant serving up gourmet artisan pizza baked to perfection in just 3 minutes in a 1000 open flame terra cotta oven, is launching an expansion campaign to add more than a dozen restaurants in Kentucky over the next three years.
The company will host a VIP Taste & Tour franchise event from 6-9:30 p.m. at the Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham in Louisville on January 15. Franchise prospects will have an opportunity to meet RedBrick Pizza Founder Jim Minidis, learn about the award-winning concept and talk with company executives in person.
The event will include a visit to the newly-opened RedBrick Pizza at Mall St...

Planet Fitness Rings In The New Year As The Official Fitness Sponsor Of Times Square's New Year's Eve Celebration »

December 22, 2014 at 7:32AM PST | Source: Planet Fitness

Brand to be featured on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2015"
25,000 spectators in Times Square to receive Planet Fitness-branded mittens and participate in a special cheer led by show co-host Jenny McCarthy
NEWINGTON, N.H. - Dec. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Planet Fitness, the innovative health club franchise known for its Judgement Free Zone® and affordable prices, is joining the biggest party of the year, Times Square's New Year's Eve celebration. As the official fitness sponsor of the event, 25,000 spectators in Times Square will receive Planet Fitness-branded mittens to keep their hands warm during the final countdown to the New Year. The brand will also be featured on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2015," with show co-host Jenny McCarthy leading the crowd in a special Planet Fitness New Year's Eve cheer to be featured on air...

Windshield Repair Franchise Opens In Contra Costa County »

December 22, 2014 at 7:28AM PST | Source: SuperGlass Windshield Repair

SuperGlass franchise #310 opens in Concord, CA. Mobile windshield repair, headlight restoration, and glass scratch removal now available at reasonable prices to fleets, dealerships, insurance customers and general public.
Concord, CA - December 19, 2014 - (PR.com) - SuperGlass Windshield Repair opens another new location, this time in Concord, Ca to serve the contra Costa County community with professional mobile windshield repair. In addition to windshield repair, SuperGlass also performs headlight restoration, a hydrophobic windshield treatment, and glass scratch removal to restore windshield wiper arcs, shower doors, aquarium glass, along with boat and aircraft glass. SuperGlass has over 300 locations across the country in communities where most people live...

Home Care Assistance Of The Lehigh Valley Expands To Fulfill Growing Needs Of Senior Population »

December 22, 2014 at 7:24AM PST | Source: Home Care Assistance

The Home Care Assistance team promotes Rachel Geiger, Client Care Manager, and hires new Employee Care Manager, Marsha Abrams.
Allentown, PA (PRWEB) December 19, 2014 - Home Care Assistance of the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania's premier provider of in-home care for seniors, is proud to announce the expansion of its staff and new leadership responsibilities. Home Care Assistance welcomes Marsha Abrams to the team as the newest Employee Care Manager (ECM). As an ECM, Marsha will be responsible for recruiting the best caregivers, training them in the company's proprietary programs, such as The Balanced Care Method™ and scheduling them based on the clients' needs and preferences. She will also assist with activities to further grow business in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas...

Schlotzsky's Opens First Russian Location »

December 22, 2014 at 6:32AM PST | Source: Schlotzsky's

Successful Moscow Grand Opening Marks Debut of Brand in Former Soviet Countries, More than 50 Additional Restaurants to Follow
AUSTIN, Texas - December 19, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Schlotzsky's®, home of The Original® oven-baked sandwich and famous Fresh-from-Scratch® buns, has debuted its first location in Russia, part of a plan that will add more than 50 restaurants throughout seven former Soviet countries over the next 10 years.
The fast-casual brand debuted in Kamergerskiy, a historical area in Moscow, Nov. 10 and served more than 1,000 customers in the first week alone.
"Schlotzsky's is such a unique brand and we are happy to finally have a presence in Russia," said Master Franchisee Mehmet Akpinar...

Red Robin Serves Up The Cure Burger For Holiday Hangover Relief »

December 22, 2014 at 6:26AM PST | Source: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

Exclusive Menu Item is "Just What the Doctor Ordered" After a Long Holiday Season
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo., Dec. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Suffering from an in-law overdose? Recovering from a shopping overload? Planning on feeling a little fuzzy? With more than a third (35 percent) of Americans* planning to drink on New Year's Eve already predicting a hangover on New Year's Day, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (Red Robin) has the perfect remedy for guests in need of some relief this holiday season! To ring in the New Year, the Gourmet Burger Authority™ will unveil The Cure Burger, available by request only at participating restaurants nationwide beginning January 1.
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Starwood Hotels Sells Philadelphia Airport Complex To The Lightstone Group »

December 22, 2014 at 6:21AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

STAMFORD, Conn. - December 22, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that it has completed the sale of the Philadelphia Airport Complex to The Lightstone Group and its affiliates. Located on Island Avenue one mile from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), the Philadelphia Airport Complex consists of three Starwood properties including the 252-room Sheraton Suites Philadelphia Airport, the 177-room Four Points by Sheraton Philadelphia Airport and the 136-room Aloft Philadelphia Airport. All three properties will be operated by Island Hospitality, undergo renovations and continue to fly the three brand flags.
"We are pleased to announce the sale of the Philadelphia Airport Complex, furthering our asset-light strategy," said Simon Turner, President of Global Development for Starwood...

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. To Announce Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2014 Results On February 3, 2015 »

December 22, 2014 at 6:17AM PST | Source: Chipotle Mexican Grill

DENVER - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Dec. 22, 2014 - Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG), the national chain of burrito restaurants known for serving Food With Integrity, today announced that it will host a conference call to discuss fourth quarter and full year 2014 financial results on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 4:30 PM Eastern time. A press release with fourth quarter and full year 2014 financial results will be issued at approximately 4:00 PM Eastern time that same day.
The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing 1-800-967-7135 or for international callers by dialing 1-719-325-2122. A replay will be available one hour after the call and can be accessed by dialing 1-877-870-5176 or 1-858-384-5517 for international callers; the password is 3513793...

HoneyBaked Offers Convenient Extended Hours This Holiday »

December 22, 2014 at 5:59AM PST | Source: HoneyBaked Ham Co. and Cafe

HoneyBaked eliminates stress to ensure the Holidays are a time for Celebration!
ATLANTA - Dec. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - With only a few days left until Christmas, HoneyBaked* is prepping for celebrations just like the rest of the country. In anticipation of the hustle and bustle of the quickly approaching holiday, its 400 stores will open early and remain open late all the way through Christmas Eve. HoneyBaked hopes that these extended hours will give customers one less reason to stress.
Whether you live for cozy kitchens filled with baking pans and cook books, or prefer to let the kitchen simply serve as a place to gather, HoneyBaked is here to be your holiday one-stop-shop. If you're looking for the perfect centerpiece entrée, all HoneyBaked Hams® and Roasted or Smoked Turkey Breasts are fully cooked and ready to serve...

South Calgary Fit Body Boot Camp Will Host Its Grand Opening Event Saturday, Jan 31 »

December 22, 2014 at 5:53AM PST | Source: Fit Body Boot Camp

Derek Shannon, owner of the new South Calgary Fit Body Boot Camp, announces a Grand Opening celebration that will be held on Saturday, January 31st from 10:00am to 2:00pm.
Calgary, AB (PRWEB) December 19, 2014 - Fit Body Boot Camp, North America's fastest growing and most popular indoor fitness boot camp franchise, has opened a new location in South Calgary, Alberta. The new location will provide residents in the South Calgary area with the Unstoppable Fitness Formula™, the exercise and business model that has allowed the popular boot camp brand to establish itself as a powerful emerging force in the health and fitness industry.
Derek Shannon, owner of the South Calgary Fit Body Boot Camp, is proud to announce the expansion of his already highly successful fitness business network...

The Dwyer Group Brands Ranked Among Franchise 500 »

December 22, 2014 at 5:48AM PST | Source: Dwyer Group, The

Continuing 3 Year Award Streak across 7 Brands
WACO, Texas (PRWEB) December 19, 2014 - Since 2012, all seven of The Dwyer Group brands have consistently ranked on Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500. "We are pleased that all of our brands have been ranked once again," said Mike Bidwell, CEO of The Dwyer Group. "This continued success is evidence of our dedication to franchising, our franchisees, and their customers."
Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500 is an annual ranking of the best franchises based on financial and statistical data listed in surveys completed by franchisors across the nation. All franchises are judged based on identical criteria regardless of size.
The list honors franchisors that offer the best opportunities for success based on criteria such as financial strength, stability, growth rate and size of the system...



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